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Record Crowd Rocks Chicago at TSE Fastest 50

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
April 26, 2017
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Chicago – In April, more than 120 show organizers turned Chicago into the center of the exhibitions industry as the Windy City hosted the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Awards & Summit.

Highlights of the annual event that honors the fastest-growing trade shows of the previous year included the naming of Firehouse Expo as the coveted Rockstar show of the year and a tie between Reed Exhibitions and AmericasMart Atlanta for most shows on the combined Fastest 50 and Next 50 Classes of 2016.

“The Fastest 50 represents the highest growth rates of the past year and is a testament to the economic strength of the exhibitions industry,” said TSE Publisher/Editor Gabrielle Weiss. “As one of the top trade show cities in the world, Chicago could not have been a better host for the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit.”

SouthComm Business Media, LLC acquired Firehouse Expo in 2014 and two years later was overseeing the show that topped all three Fastest 50 growth metrics with a 56.2% increase in exhibit space, an 86.4% jump in exhibitors and a dizzying 100.9% increase in attendance. The performance of Firehouse Expo netted SouthComm three Fastest 50 Grand Awards, including the Rockstar Award, which honors exceptional growth, execution and overall excellence.

AmericasMart Atlanta received the Grand Award for most shows on the Fastest 50 roster. It also tied with Reed Exhibitions for the highest combined number of events on the Fastest 50, as well the Next 50 roster of shows that were hot on the heels of the Fastest 50.

The full Grand Awards include:

  • Fastest-Growing Annual Show in Sheer Numbers (Exhibitors): SuperZoo. Added 215 exhibitors to re-designed exhibit floor
  • Fastest-Growing Annual Show in Sheer Numbers (Net Square Feet): NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. Exhibit space up by 211,200 nsf
  • Fastest-Growing Semi-Annual Show by Percentage of Growth (Net Square Feet, Exhibitors, Attendance): Marijuana Business Conference & Expo – Fall. Attendance led growth with a 95.8% jump
  • Fastest-Growing Non-Annual Show by Percentage of Growth (Net Square Feet): NBWA’s Annual Convention & Product Demonstration Showcase. Net square feet up 28.6%
  • Fastest-Growing Non-Annual Show by Percentage of Growth (Attendance): Texprocess Americas. Biennial show drew 29.0% more attendees than in 2014
  • Fastest-Growing Non-Annual Show by Percentage of Growth (Exhibitors): NBWA’s Annual Convention & Product Demonstration Showcase; Exhibitors bubble up 29.1%
  • Fastest-Growing Medical Show by Blended Percentage of Growth: ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition. Metric growth across the board added up to 22.3% growth rate
  • Fastest-Growing Show Managed by an Association (Blended Percentage): SAMPE Long Beach Conference & Exhibition. Attendance jump leads 34.9% blended rate
  • Fastest-Growing Show Managed by an Independent Organizer (Blended Percentage): Firehouse Expo. Move to Nashville was a hit with customers
  • Fastest-Growing Annual Next 50 Show (Blended Percentage of Growth): Government Fleet Expo & Conference. Bobit Business Media drives metrics up across the board
  • Fastest-Growing Semi-Annual Next 50 Show (Blended Growth): Capsule New York Women’s. Reed boosts all metrics, including 35.9% more exhibition
  • Top Organizer in Number of Next 50 Shows: Penton. Led the Next 50 with five shows, including two from New Hope Network and one from Aviation Week Network
  • Fastest-Growing Fastest 50 Show Overall (Percentage of Growth): Firehouse Expo saw a spectacular relaunch.
  • Top Organizer in Number of Fastest 50 Shows: AmericasMart Atlanta—Five shows set a pace of a Fastest 50 event nearly every two months
  • Top Organizer Overall in Number of Fastest 50 and Next 50 Shows: AmericasMart Atlanta and Reed Exhibitions. Tied with six shows a piece
  • Rockstar Award (Net Square Feet, Exhibitors, Attendance): Firehouse Expo. Superb metrics and renewed customer enthusiasm have this show on the right track

 

The TSE Fastest 50 Awards & Summit returns to Chicago next Spring with another round of networking, education and well-deserved recognition for the shows that are leading the way in growth in 2017.

Reach Gabrielle Weiss at (312) 493-7753 or gweiss@tradeshowexecutive.com; Diane Bjorklund, Vice President of Events, at (630) 312-8915 or dbjorklund@tradeshowexecutive.com

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